This is Tessa Wyatt. She lives in Park City, the wonderland for outdoor adventurers. She’s been bowhunting since childhood and has a few words of advice to share to anyone taking up the sport:
- Get comfortable with your set up and your stance.
- Confidence is a must.
- Having the right weight on your bow makes a huge difference too. If you’re tiring quickly or struggling to get stillness and accuracy in your shot it’s likely that your draw weight is too heavy.
- You want to be able to pretty comfortably bring the nock of the arrow to middle of your cheek/edge of your mouth while keeping your stance strong and relatively square.
From bowhunting to fly fishing to skeet shooting, Tessa Wyatt is a great outdoorswoman. When she’s not enjoying the sweet summit city of Park City, Utah, and all the charm Main Street has to offer, she’s off exploring the surrounding nature.
“I like to hike, fish, and love to camp. If I am staying around here for a quick one or two night getaway I will go out to the Uintas or up Mirror Lake Highway. There are so many cool little hidden lakes and brooks up there. It’s beautiful and super easy to get to; very fun for short hikes in and fishing for some really neat brooks. Adventuring during the day, fire pit and cooking at night, and then sleeping in a tent. Once you get the whole process dialed in- it’s a quick pack in and pack out.” -Tessa Wyatt
Whether the weather is warm or cold, every season is bustling with activities. With winter afoot, planning for snow and freezing temperatures is crucial.
“Having the right gear is pretty key. I moved to Park City from Honolulu and literally had one pair of socks; the change in climate was a pretty big shock to my system and it took me awhile to adjust. The right shoes, good thick socks, a thick jacket, and a warm hat. Layering is really your best bet; it’s always easy to take layers off but harder to add layers on if you don’t begin prepared for the weather. I try to keep my core as warm as possible too, I can go for quite awhile with cold feet and hands but always have a hard time heating back up if I am chilled in my center. My Carhartt jacket is kind of a staple for me in the winter and at night in the summer.” -Tessa Wyatt
In the Cabana family, crisp fall mornings are highly anticipated. Once deer season begins, Holly and her daughters, Kylie and Kendall, set off for an adventure of their own.
“Our kids absolutely love Covenant Ranch. They love spending quality time with immediate and extended family, and enjoy the freedom the land provides. We hunt, fish, ride 4 wheelers and snowmobiles, play family games, go for walks – just run around in nature. It’s pure freedom and time away from busy life.
Some people think of hunting as just cruel slaughtering of animals. But we hunt with the utmost of respect to the animals, and harvest our food in a humane way – putting in the time and energy and effort to make one perfect shot every time.
I am so proud of my kids. I feel like all of their hard work has paid off and they are successful in their goals. Most grown adults haven’t shot bucks that my kids have in only their first couple of years in hunting.
Really – get involved – don’t let it be up to your husband only or you’ll miss out on special family time and he and the kids will be gone a bunch because it takes an immense amount of time, energy, commitment and learning proper, effective methods of hunting.” -Holly Cabana
The Cabanas have been hunting on their property in Hudson, Michigan for the past 11 years. It’s a real family affair. The house is packed, young and old anxiously awaiting dawn. All rise before the sun, donning their warmest hunting gear, ready to settle into their stands. The ashes are still smouldering in the fire place from the night before. Quiet conversations hum in the kitchen as everyone scarfs down breakfast. And they’re off.
The morning is filled with nods and whispered instructions. The sun slowly pours over the edge of the horizon. All eyes are searching. Once a deer is spotted, the real work begins.
From generation to generation, hunters pass down their knowledge. It’s about quality time, enjoying the freedom the land has to offer, and respecting each animal and ounce of nature. If you have a hunting story like the Cabana family, share it with us at craftedincarhartt(at)carhartt.com.